A leopard cat was rescued from a palm garden in Sylhet yesterday morning.
A man rushed the animal to the city's Wildlife Conservation Centre after it had fallen from a palm tree in Khadimnagar of Sadar upazila, said sources at the centre.
The leopard cat is undergoing treatment, said Monzur Kader Chowdhury, a veterinarian of the conservation centre.
“The cat is too weak to move. I found no external injury on its body. It might have suffered from food crisis for a long time. It was given IV fluid,” he said.
RS Munirul Islam, divisional forest officer in Sylhet, said, “The cat will be under treatment at the conservation centre. Once the veterinarian declares it fit, we will release it back into the wild.”
A leopard cat is about the size of a domestic cat. But it is slenderer with longer legs and well-defined webs between its toes. Its small head is marked with dark stripes and a short and narrow white muzzle.
Due to habitat loss, leopard cats (Prionailurus Bengalensisas) was declared “near threatened” species in Bangladesh on February 26 in 2015, said Veterinarian Monzur Kader, citing a list of International Union for Conservation of Nature.